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and the government is getting violent. the united states is getting involved. they're threatening to take control of the entire country. the militants' move prompted france to take action over the weekend. they put boots on the ground and went all in, bombing rebel training camps and other targets. so what will the united states do? a pentagon official told me this afternoon that the u.s. will participate in mali, but, and i want to make sure i put quotes around this, it's still deciding what that looks like. when we went to the mali border last summer, i saw first hand how dangerous the situation is. today, we spoke to some of our sources on the ground, including the military commander of the al qaeda's linked group. he told us that the militants are, in his words, excited and would welcome u.s. troops on the ground. he also said the french bombs have killed civilians and that france is signing a death warrant for french people around the world, opening the gates of hell. omar said the militants will fight to the end and this will be a long war, more dangerous than afghanistan or iraq. we also s
to vip members of congress and the official program which was a history, also has a history of the united states capitol inside plus the program of events, of course, on the public inauguration day, which is monday. you can see it right here. it's really, really quite beautiful. >> it's gold. gold glitters here. >> it's gold. >> the honor of your presence is requested at the ceremonies attending the inauguration of the president and vice president of the united states. >> the guy we were just talking about. he'll be here, you'll be here, i'll be here. >> tomorrow we'll be here, sunday we'll be here, monday lots of live coverage coming up. history unfolding and we're thrilled to be here. thanks very much for joining us. we'll see you back here tomorrow. read us as well. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >>> next, breaking news. cnn has learned an american has been killed during the hostage situation in algeria. plus the man who says he's behind the attack has the nickname "the marlboro man" and "the jihad prince." >>> the number of american husband holds with guns is on the decline
at the ceremonies attending the inauguration of the president and vice president of the united states. >> the guy we were just talking about. he'll be here, you'll be here, i'll be here. >> tomorrow we'll be here, sunday we'll be here, monday lots of live coverage coming up. history unfolding and we're thrilled to be here. thanks very much for joining us. we'll see you back here tomorrow. read us as well. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >>> next, breaking news. cnn has learned an american has been killed during the hostage situation in algeria. plus the man who says he's behind the attack has the nickname "the marlboro man" and "the jihad prince." >>> the number of american husband holds with guns is on the decline but the nra's power is growing. it is growing even after newtown. breaking news, one american has been killed in the algeria hostage situation. we'll tell you what we know about that man and the other americans we are aware of tonight. let's get straight to jill dougherty at the state department. first, jill, what can you tell us about the american who died? >> there are not a l
rebel training camps and other targets. so what will the united states do? a pentagon official told me this afternoon that the u.s. will participate in mali, but, and i want to make sure i put quotes around this, it's still deciding what that looks like. when we went to the mali border last summer, i saw first hand how dangerous the situation is. today, we spoke to some of our sources on the ground, including the military commander of the al qaeda's linked group. he told us that the militants are, in his words, excited and would welcome u.s. troops on the ground. he also said the french bombs have killed civilians and that france is signing a death warrant for french people around the world, opening the gates of hell. omar said the militants will fight to the end and this will be a long war, more dangerous than afghanistan or iraq. we also spoke to a fighter from a tribe who lives in northern mali. you saw him here this summer. he said the fighting in some towns in northern mali has been fierce over the weekend and he said something important for american policymakers to consider. his
, talk to me after you got on the stage in front of the president of the united states and hundreds of thousands to sing the national anthem in 40-degree weather. until then, that particular bomb is bursting in air on the ridiculist. that's it for us. thanks for watching. "erin burnett out front" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, weeks after newtown, another shooting at an american school as two gunmen open fire at a texas college. we go to houston for the latest. >>> plus the family of an american hostage murdered in algeria spoke out today. >>> beyonce's national anthem. what you may not have known about it. about it. let's go "outfront." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, a shooting at a texas campus. shots rang out at the lone star community college in houston today in what officials now are blaming on a fight between two people. it was pretty awful to watch. it was so much uncertainty today as we started to see just what those helicopter shots, people running, there were stretchers. no one was sure what was happeni
whether beyonce lip synced, talk to me after you got on the stage in front of the president of the united states and hundreds of thousands to sing the national anthem in 40-degree weather. until then, that particular bomb >>> "outfront" next, weeks after newtown, another shooting at an american school as two gunmen open fire at a texas college. we go to houston for the latest. >>> plus the family of an american hostage murdered in algeria spoke out today. >>> beyonce's national anthem. what you may not have known about it. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, a shooting at a texas campus. shots rang out at the lone star community college in houston today in what officials now are blaming on a fight between two people. it was pretty awful to watch. it was so much uncertainty today as we started to see just what those helicopter shots, people running, there were stretchers. no one was sure what was happening, where the shooters were. police and emergency responders swarmed the campus minutes after a 911 call. students were ducking under desks and runn
of questions already are coming from the united states about the algerian government's tactics in the operation that could have put the hostages in jeopardy. now, we also want to let you know that right now, there's a chartered flight en route of bp employees from algeria. it is headed towards london to gatwick airport. now, that could be landing at any moment. we don't yet know if the passengers are any of the freed hostages or if there are americans on board, but as we get that information, we're going to share that with you. the brother of an irish national who escaped from captivity had a harrowing story. he spoke to cnn today and described what happened to his brother. >> yeah, but just found out recently that he'd been mered to sleep with duct tape over his mouth and his hands tied and then we find out how he got free and five out of the compound or to a different part of the compound, and there were five jeeps and the algerian army had bombeded the jeeps and out of the five jeeps, the bomb had wiped out four of them. and they had obviously lost their lives, but lucky enough for my brothe
at that united states anti-doping agency report, it says that there were 38 blood samples taken from lance armstrong between 2009 and 2011 when he was making that comeback in the tour de france, and it showed blood levels with values with the likelihood of occurring naturally in less than 1 in a million. so a great deal of questions will be raised as lance armstrong continues to assert that he rode those last two years cleanly. there's a great deal of speculation about that. erin? >> thanks, ed. now i want to bring in our penl. david epstein is a senior writer for "sports illustrated." dana jacobson is with cbs sports and paul callan is our legal contributor. you were all critical last night. you didn't feel satisfied. let me ask you, did you feel that -- did he win you another tonight? >> no. and i said earlier there's probably no way he could have won me over. maybe i saw a little more human side when his kids were mentioned. he was -- oprah said do you owe people an apology and he listed the people he owes an apology to, and he didn't do it last night when he had a chance. he didn't do
armstrong. mostly because if you look at that united states anti-doping agency report, it says that there were 38 blood samples taken from lance armstrong between 2009 and 2011 when he was making that comeback in the tour de france, and it showed blood levels with values with the likelihood of occurring naturally in less than 1 in a million. so a great deal of questions will be raised as lance armstrong continues to assert that he rode those last two years cleanly. there's a great deal of speculation about that. erin? >> thanks, ed. now i want to bring in our panel. david epstein is a senior writer for "sports illustrated." dana jacobson is with cbs sports and paul callan is our legal contributor. you were all critical last night. you didn't feel satisfied. let me ask you, did you feel that -- did he win you another tonight? >> no. and i said earlier there's probably no way he could have won me over. maybe i saw a little more human side when his kids were mentioned. he was -- oprah said do you owe people an apology and he listed the people he owes an apology to, and he didn't d
the united states about the algerian government's tactics in the operation that could have put the hostages in jeopardy. now, we also want to let you know that right now, there's a chartered flight en route of bp employees from algeria. it is headed towards london to gatwick airport. now, that could be landing at any moment. we don't yet know if the passengers are any of the freed hostages or if there are americans on board, but as we get that information, we're going to share that with you. the brother of an irish national who escaped from captivity had a harrowing story. he spoke to cnn today and described what happened to his brother. >> yeah, but just found out recently that he'd been mered to sleep with duct tape over his mouth and his hands tied and then we find out how he got free and five out of the compound or to a different part of the compound, and there were five jeeps and the algerian army had bombeded the jeeps and out of the five jeeps, the bomb had wiped out four of them. and they had obviously lost their lives, but lucky enough for my brother, he was in the jeep that crashe
and it comes amid a bitter debate over gun control in the united states. just yesterday in his inaugural address, the president appeared to link the debate to the founding principles and the constitution. >> we have always understood that when times change, so must we. that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges. that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. >> "outfront" tonight, hogan gidley, republican strategist. michael waldman, former speech writer for president clinton and michael avlon. obviously that was a reference, a rather oblique one, to the gun control debate, but a reference it appeared to be. the fourth school shooting, though, in more than a month. nearly half the american people disapprove of what the president is doing on gun control. is it time now for less talk and more action from the president on gun control? >> well, you're right, that in that powerful speech yesterday, he used the words and the sentiments of the founders to argue for his agenda and one of the elements obliquely, though not exp
and this fight has moved from northern and west africa to great britain and the united states. the chairman of the house foreign affairs committee called this a growing radical movement and supports the offensive and he is outfront tonight. thank you for taking the time. i appreciate it. the islamist military commander who we spoke to said they demand an end to the war to release the hostages. we are hearing this attack has been in the works before the french formalal involvement. should the united states be negotiating with these al qaeda linked groups? >> here is the difficulty and you have done great reporting on this. for the last six years this particular al qaeda affiliate has been taking westerners hostages and have been using this for bargaining power. they then use the monetary ransom in order to build their organization. they are also freshly supplied from some of the weapons that they picked up in libya. so we have a situation, frankly, where i think we have to hope that the french foreign legion forces and other forces engage and make very quick progress. i say that because once
in to a booming business birth tourism. four women giving birth in the united states so their kids will be citizens and it's not from where you would expect. let's go ""outfront."" >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the battle over super storm sandy. so the house of representatives is going to vote tonight, really just imminently, on a 49 house republicans voted against the final bill and we will speak to one in a moment this may sound like an easy vote to you because disaster relief always gets approved but when it comes to spending this country's money every dollar counts. as we saw with the fiscal cliff battle not everyone in washington thinks this kind of money is worth it. >> $16 billion is to quintuple the size of the community of development grant block program the slush program that pays for projects such as doggy day care centers and doesn't have to be spent in the hurricane area. $2 billion is for highway repairs, anywhere in the country including up to $20 million each for guam, american is a mow ya and the mariana islands isn't in the same ocean as
and the united states. today, he called the terrorist attack in algeria, the latest and growing demonstration of a radical movement across west africa. he supports the movement. he is out front tonight. thank you very much for taking the time. i appreciate it. the islamist commander we spoke to whom you just heard there said, they demand a release of the war. this attack had been in the works before the french involvement in mali. former military involvement. the question is, should the united states be negotiating with these al qaeda linked groups? >> here is the difficulty. you have done some great reporting on this. as you know, for the last six years, this particular all qaeda affiliate has been taking westerners as hostages, many of them french. they are using this for bargaining power and collecting ransom and then they use the monetary ransom to build their organization. they are freshly supplied from some of the weapons they picked up in libya. so we have a situation frankly where i think we've got to hope that the french foreign legion forces an other french forces engaged make very
" investigation into a booming business, birth tourism. foreign women giving birth in the united states so their kids will be citizens, but this time, we're not talking about people south of the border. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the battle over super storm sandy. so the house of representatives is going to vote tonight, really just imminently, on a controversial relief package for the victims of the devastating october 29th storm. a $17 billion aid package was approved earlier today and at this moment, another $34 billion is at stake. i know this might sound like an easy vote because disaster relief always gets approved but right now, when it comes to spending this country's money, every single dollar is getting subjected to scrutiny and just as we saw with the fiscal cliff battle, not everyone in washington thinks this disaster relief should pass. >> $16 billion is to quintuple the size of the grant program, the slush fund that pays for such dubious projects as doggy day care centers. it doesn't even have to be spent in the hurricane area
in the united states so their kids will be citizens and it's not from where you would expect. let's go ""outfront."" >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the battle over super storm sandy. >> if you listen to the republican critics, they say the pork is everywhere in this $34 billion amendment that the democrats tacked on to this emergency spending measure for superstorm sandy. take a look. it includes $194 million for the national oceanic atmospheric organization. it will give $2 billion for repairing roads virtually anywhere after a natural disaster including, yes, guam which is ,000 miles from where sandy struck, more than $100 million for amtrak to end to its trains and tracks in the northeast corridor even though it looks like less than a third would involve repairs related to sandy and it's damage. and the amendment includes $16 billion for the department of housing and urban development to help with disaster relief, rebuilding an economic revitalization but not just in sandy's path, in any disaster zone anywhere in the country. that is what the critics have be
if the president won't negotiate on the debt ceiling. and one of our guests says the next president of the united states will be black. and why one politician accused of a crime was stripped and beaten. we'll show it to you. let's go "outfront." >>> good friday evening, everyone. i'm erin burnette. "outfront" tonight, on the brink of battle. a threat today from a top republican to shut down the government if president obama refuses to negotiate over the debt ceiling. the second most powerful republican in the senate, minority whip john cornyn of texas wrote in an op-ed today, president obama needs to take note of this reality and put forward a plan to avoid it immediately. will those threats work? a senior democrat says if the republicans don't want to raise the debt ceiling, it will be on their shoulders. >> risking government shutdown, risking not raising the debt ceiling is playing with fire. >> playing with fire. douglas holtz-eakin is the former director of the congressional budget office. robert reich is a former u.s. labor secretary and author of a book that explains how we all feel these
years and a federal prosecutor as united states attorney for four and a half years. the best laws on the books are dead letter unless enforced, so we need more resources. absolutely right. both at the state and federal level to enforce existing laws and if that executive action or order involves more resources or more vigorous enforcement of existing laws, improving that national database, the national enforcement criminal background system, all to the better. >> so, you're saying the executive order, that the president could do, could be you know, putting more people, more resources, more money into existing laws. he can do that via executive order? >> well, he may need an appropriation from congress for major amounts of money, but remember, we're not talking about huge amounts of funding. the national database appropriation last year was $5 million. that's million. not billion. $5 million, which is a drop in the bucket for the connecticut state budget, not to mention the national budget. but here's the main thing. i proposed a bill that would involve better enforcement of existi
. >> that's a fair point. the clock is ticking. the united states says it is going to withdraw in 2014. it is not just delay on troop numbers that had us asking questions today. today, the question gave a reason for the delay. he said, i haven't got recommendations from the top commander in afghanistan. here is what the president said. >> i am going to be over the coming weeks getting recommendations from general allen and other commanders on the ground. >> a month ago when i spoke with secretary panetta in afghanistan, he agreed general a allen was responsible. he said the options were already ready at that time a month ago. here is secretary panetta. >>> general allen having developed the campaign plan for afghanistan is the one who has could tom forward wi to come forward with the recommendations of what they will look like. he has prepared several options. >> "the new york times" and cnn have reported that those options were present td. allen presented three levels, the pentagon offered three alternatives and the white house deputy adviser commented on the number saying the number
guests says the next president of the united states will be black. does it add up? >>> and why one politician accused of a crime was stripped and beaten. we'll show it to you. let's go "outfront." >>> good friday evening, everyone. i'm erin burnette. "outfront" tonight, on the brink of battle. a threat today from a top republican to shut down the government if president obama refuses to negotiate over the debt ceiling. the second most powerful republican in the senate, minority whip john cornyn of texas wrote in an op-ed today, president obama needs to take note of this reality and put forward a plan to avoid it immediately. will those threats work? a senior democrat says if the republicans don't want to raise the debt ceiling, it will be on their shoulders. >> risking government shutdown, risking not raising the debt ceiling is playing with fire. >> playing with fire. douglas holtz-eakin is the former director of the congressional budget office. robert reich is a former u.s. labor secretary and author of a book that explains how we all feel these days, beyond outrage over what has
moved from northern and west africa to great britain and the united states. today, he called the terrorist attack in algeria, the latest and growing demonstration of a radical movement across west africa. he supports the movement. he is out front tonight. thank you very much for taking the time. i appreciate it. the islamist commander we spoke to whom you just heard there said, they demand a release of the war. this attack had been in the works before the french involvement in mali. former military involvement. the question is, should the united states be negotiating with these al qaeda linked groups? >> here is the difficulty. you have done some great reporting on this. as you know, for the last six years, this particular all qaeda affiliate has been taking westerners as hostages, many of them french. they are using this for bargaining power and collecting ransom and then they use the monetary ransom to build their organization. they are freshly supplied from some of the weapons they picked up in libya. so we have a situation frankly where i think we've got to hope that the
of the united states will be black. does it add up? >> and why one politician acruised of a crime was strip and beaten. we'll show it to you. let's go "outfront." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good friday evening, everyone. i'm erin burnette. "outfront" tonight, on the brink of battle. a threat from the government to shut down government if president obama refuses to tell gauche yat. president obama needs to take note of it and put forward a plan and note it immediately. will those threats work? a senior democrat says if the republicans don't want to raise the debt ceiling it will be on their shoulders. >> risking government shutdown, risking not raszing the debt creeling is playing with fire. >> playing with fire. he's the former direct over the congressional republican office and beyond outrage what has gone wrong with our economy, our democracy and how to fix it. i show you have solutions to solve the crisis we all fear. let's start with you. in john corn anyoneyncornyn's s shut down the government, what kind of outcome is that? >> it's terrible. it's actually saying to the c
in the united states as well. for now, there's breaking news we're covering. the united states of america is getting ready to go over the fiscal cliff even though it's got a deal maybe close in hand. i'm wolf blitzer. i'm reporting in washington. >> lawmakers and vice president biden struggling all day on a deal, but no final vote. at least so far. we'll get the latest from the hill and show what this means for you and your taxes starting tomorrow. >> ali is going to be with us for the next hour or two or three. who knows. we're also watching a very serious health scare for the secretary of state, hillary clinton. she's now hospitalized with a blood clot. doctors are revealing where it is. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. >>> we'll get to the fiscal cliff negotiations. there's movement right now, but first, startling new information we're learning about the blood clot that landed secretary of state hillary clinton in the hospital this new year's eve. her doctor is now revealing it's located in her head between her brain and her skull. let's go stra
the united states lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? well, today there was some good news on jobs. apparently we had 215,000 jobs added in december, more than economists were looking for. of course, the formal jobs number comes out tomorrow. >>> and now our fourth story "outfront." a potentially major change to gun laws in the united states. a maryland task force on guns and the mentally ill, here it is, it's a pretty interesting report, recommends that police should have the right to con phys case firearms from anyone who is deemed to be, quote, a threat to self or others. tonight, charles sophie and paul callan, who also represents psychiatrists in medical malpractice cases. so reading through this task force series of recommendations, they say, look, the biggest indicator that someone could be a problem to public safety or a threat would be if they make a threat. what this law would do is, it would put in law enforcement's hands the idea of deciding whether you're mentally ill or not. and then making a determination as to wether or not your weapons would be se
. of course, the time -- the clock is ticking, the united states says it's going to withdraw in 2014. it's knot just the delay on troop numbers that had us asking questions today. today the president gave a reason for the delay. said, look, i haven't given recommendations yet for general john allen. here's what the president said. >> i'm going to be over the coming weeks getting recommendations from general allen and other commanders on the ground. >> all right a month ago when i spoke with secretary panetta, he agreed general allen was the one responsible but said the options were already ready at that time a month ago. >> general allen having developed a campaign plan is the one who really has to come forward with the recommendation what the enduring presence will look like. >> prepared several options, those options were indeed presented. three levels of troop levels, the pentagon offered three alternatives and ben rhodes this week actually commented on the number saying the number could possibly be zero. what more recommendations is the president waiting for? >> you'll notice on the
single. so they want smaller units that they can afford. >> reporter: what may buy a house in other parts of the country won't get you far in new york city. one major realtor in new york says the average price for a study studio apartment is roughly $300,000. >> the average price here is $1.4 million. for that you're getting a small apartment. so even though this seems really expensive, for new york, it's a bargain. >> reporter: a bargain for someone who thinks outside the books b box but is willing to live in one. those prices are for owning. for rent market race is $2,000 plus. the city announced the winner of a contest to build the micro union units. they're expected to be ready in 2015. wolf and kate? >> small, small apartment. but you know, it's in manhattan, you don't have to commute. it's pretty cool. >> do what you got to do. maybe spend a lot less time at home. >> thanks very much for watching. you can follow us on twitter, tweet me @wolfblitzer. >> the white me @katebaldwin. >> "erin burr rent out front" starts next. >>> they're zeroing in on the main interacts behind the hostag
. but a vast majority of guns that kill people in the united states are handguns. the same kind of gun that the regular american uses to protect his house. so you try to make a law that doesn't disarm law-abiding citizens, but does disarm criminals, that's an impossible task. there are not two different groups of guns. they are the same kinds of guns. >> yesterday, the department of justice said that 80% of the inmates who use guns in the crimes that put them in jail got them illegally -- legally. so we're not enforcing a lot of the laws. but, tim, let me ask you about what the nra said today. they released a statement after the meeting with joe biden saying, "we were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the second amendment." that doesn't sound like a very conciliatory, trying-to-work-together comment. >> and i don't think there is going to be a lot of common ground there. i happen to disagree with a lot of what the nra said when it came to putting armed guards or when it came to, you know
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in uniform and he's been in battle, and he understands war is a last resort and the united states will put all options on the table and will become involved militarily when it needs to become involved, but we have to understand what the implications of that are, and he understands that personally. and i think that he represents the vast majority of military leaders in that regard. >> you know, david, one follow on this. in an interview in march of this year, chuck hagel talking about a war, he said they escalate, they always do and they always will. i don't think we're necessarily locked into two options. in a sense it was a very wise thing to say. sometimes we create false choices, war or no war. is he being nuanced and thoughtful? >> we all want to avoid war in iran. everybody wants to avoid that. it is really a bad option. but to what doug just said, secretaries of defense do not merely execute orders from the president. they are conduits -- they advise the president, and they shape the options that are available to the president. some information reached the president, other informatio
they thought about him. looking live at new york city, home of the united nations. world leaders from 93 countries are gathering for a meeting. president mahmoud ahmadinejad will address the meeting, with blistering words. >> you have been condemned strongly in america for a comment you are said to have made that you wanted israel to be wiped off the map. wiped off the face of the earth. there would be many different interpretations of what you said. you have disputed the meaning that was then translated from the original farsi. let me give you this opportunity to say exactly what you did say, and to say exactly what you did mean. >> we have been condemned in the united states for many things. for having deposed a dictator with the revolution. for having sought freedom and free elections. for not allowing our oil and national treasure to leave our country freely. in -- for having stood up to very dangerous terrorists in the region. for having stood up against saddam hussein who enjoyed the back of many, we stood up against him. we have been condemned for a great many things because we sa
. >>> "outfront" next, the united states prepares new offensive against al qaeda. >>> plus, will she or won't she? hillary clinton, robert reish, a man who has known her since he was 19 years old, reacts to our cnn interview and tells us about a date he had with her. >>> apple will launch a new ipad with a very different price tag. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, attack of the drones. the american government is launching a new war, some of this country's 7500 drones may be about to take off with new targets in their sights. today, nijar's ambassador says he has agreed to let the u.s. military put drones in his country in an effort to gain intelligence on mali, algeria and libya, three spots where we have seen a recent explosion in al qaeda linked attacks on americans. eric schmidt is senior writer for the "new york times" covering terrorism. he broke the story this morning that the u.s. is planning a drone base in niger. the lieutenant general oversaw the first predator drone strike in 2001. in such a crucial question as this war on al qaeda ramps up a
thanks for watching. erin burnett starts now. >>> "outfront" next, the united states prepares new offensive against al qaeda. >>> plus, will she or won't she? hillary clinton, robert reish, a man who has known her since he was 19 years old, reacts to our cnn interview and tells us about a date he had with her. >>> apple will launch a new ipad with a very different price tag. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, attack of the drones. the american government is launching a new war, some of this country's 7500 drones may be about to take off with new targets in their sights. today, nijar's ambassador says he has agreed to let the u.s. military put drones in his country in an effort to gain intelligence on mali, algeria and libya, three spots where we have seen a recent explosion in al qaeda linked attacks on americans. eric schmidt is senior writer for the "new york times" covering terrorism. he broke the story this morning that the u.s. is planning a drone base in niger. the lieutenant general oversaw the first predator drone strike in 2001. i
. "outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, the united states prepares new offensive against al qaeda. >>> plus, will she or won't she? hillary clinton, robert reish, a man who has known her since he was 19 years old, reacts to our cnn interview and tells us about a date he had with her. >>> apple will launch a new ipad with a very different price tag. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, attack of the drones. the american government is launching a new war, some of this country's 7500 drones may be about to take off with new targets in their sights. today, nijar's ambassador says he has agreed to let the u.s. military put drones in his country in an effort to gain intelligence on mali, algeria and libya, three spots where we have seen a recent explosion in al qaeda linked attacks on americans. eric schmidt is senior writer for the "new york times" covering terrorism. he broke the story this morning that the u.s. is planning a drone base in niger. the lieutenant general oversaw the first predator drone strike in 2001. in such a crucial question a
that kill people in the united states are handguns. the same kind of gun that the regular american uses to protect his house. so you try to make a law that doesn't disarm law-abiding citizens, but does disarm criminals, that's an impossible task. there are not two different groups of guns. they are the same kinds of guns. >> yesterday, the department of justice said that 80% of the inmates who use guns in the crimes that put them in jail got them illegally -- legally. so we're not enforcing a lot of the laws. but, tim, let me ask you about what the nra said today. they released a statement after the meeting with joe biden saying, "we were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the second amendment." that doesn't sound like a very conciliatory, trying-to-work-together comment. >> and i don't think there is going to be a lot of common ground there. i happen to disagree with a lot of what the nra said when it came to putting armed guards or when it came to, you know, blaming hollywood, and that s
, the united states says it's going to withdraw in 2014. it's knot just the delay on troop numbers that had us asking questions today. today the president gave a reason for the delay. said, look, i haven't given recommendations yet for general john allen. here's what the president said. >> i'm going to be over the coming weeks getting recommendations from general allen and other commanders on the ground. >> all right a month ago when i spoke with secretary panetta, he agreed general allen was the one responsible but said the options were already ready at that time a month ago. >> general allen having developed a campaign plan is the one who really has to come forward with the recommendation what the enduring presence will look like. >> prepared several options, those options were indeed presented. three levels of troop levels, the pentagon offered three alternatives and ben rhodes this week actually commented on the number saying the number could possibly be zero. what more recommendations is the president waiting for? >> you'll notice on the full screen we saw that john allen is talking about
't always watch out for myself. with unitedhealthcare, i get personalized information and rewards for addressing my health risks. but she's still going to give me a heart attack. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. >>> our second story "outfront," slamming the president. "washington post" reporter and columnist david ignatius, who has covered six american presidents, suggests president obama is a disappointment. here's ignatius. "rather than come to the table with a grand vision of his own, a real strategy for cutting the deficit and the entitlement programs that drive it, obama played a poker game of incremental bargaining with house speaker john boehner. unfortunately, obama has been playing a waiting game on fiscal issues ever since he became president." "outfront" tonight, former white house deputy press secretary, bill burton. bill, there were some pretty harsh words here, tough words. obviously, david ignatius saying, here's how the president could turn it around, but pretty frustrated with his leadership on fiscal issues. and of course, we just had a deal that ended
understands war is a last resort and the united states will put all options on the table and will become involved militarily when it needs to become involved, but we have to understand what the implications of that are, and he understands that personally. and i think that he represents the vast majority of military leaders in that regard. >> you know, david, one follow on this. in an interview in march of this year, chuck hagel talking about a war, he said they escalate, they always do and they always will. i don't think we're necessarily locked into two options. in a since, it's a wise thing to say. sometimes we create false choices, war or no war. is he being nuanced and insightful? >> we all want to avoid war in iran. but secretary of defense do not really execute orders from the president. they are conduiting -- they advise the president, and they shape the options that are available to the president. some information reached the president, other information does not reach the president. if you have a strongly opinionated secretary of defense, which chuck hagel would be, who has stro
people in the united states are handguns. the same kind of gun that the regular american uses to protect his house. so you try to make a law that doesn't disarm law-abiding citizens, but does disarm criminals, that's an impossible task. there are not two different groups of guns. >> yesterday, the department of justice said that 80% of the inmates who use guns in the crimes that put them in jail got them illegally -- legally. so we're not enforcing a lot of the laws. but, tim, let me ask you about what the nra said today. they released a statement after the meeting with joe biden saying, "we were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the second amendment." that doesn't sound like a very conciliatory, trying-to-work-together comment. >> and i don't think there is going to be a lot of common ground there. i happen to disagree with a lot of what the nra said when it came to putting armed guards or when it came to, you know, blaming hollywood, and that sort of thing. but on the idea of trying to s
africa, a big battle against france and the united states and all the other countries that want to intervene. >> retired general wesley clark is the former nato commander, retired air force colonel cedric layton is a former intelligence of a certificate. officer. great to see you both. general clark, let me start with you. barbara starr just reported the algerian government has not been cooperating. the cia has been trying to piece this together themselves. this makes it very complicated and much more difficult. but only now, more than a week later, the u.s. government is connecting the dots which at least from when we talked to omar on the day of the attack seemed to be perhaps visible very early on. what is causing the delay? >> i would suspect the algerian government's quite embarrassed by the poor results. they've been criticized roundly by other western countries for not running a very effective operation. had a lot of people killed in the operation. it's not the way it's done. they pushed it up, they accelerated it, they simply don't have the sophisticated special ops capa
in bomoko. it will be western africa. not only western africa, a big battle against france and the united states and all the other countries that want to intervene. >> retired general wesley clark is the former nato commander, retired air force colonel cedric layton is a former intelligence of a certificate. officer. great to see you both. general clark, let me start with you. barbara starr just reported the algerian government has not been cooperating. the cia has been trying to piece this together themselves. this makes it very complicated and much more difficult. but only now, more than a week later, the u.s. government is connecting the dots which at least from when we talked to omar on the day of the attack seemed to be perhaps visible very early on. what is causing the delay? >> i would suspect the algerian government's quite embarrassed by the poor results. they've been criticized roundly by other western countries for not running a very effective operation. had a lot of people killed in the operation. it's not the way it's done. they pushed it up, they accelerated it, they simply
in the united states still killing people there. lieutenant general, the administration told me no boots on the ground with al qaeda in mali, but is this the new boots on the ground? >> well, drones are more properly titled remotely piloted vehicles, and what they allow us to do is project capability without projecting vulnerability. that's one of their advantages. but the biggest advantage is really persistence. in other words, they provide the ability to observe a particular area, analyze what's going on and then react in an appropriate way to meet whatever the national security objective is at the time. in this particular case, they'll be used for intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance purposes up front. >> eric, here's the likely new cia chief john brennan. he was the guy who sort of started the whole drone thing. here's what he said about drones that seems to be really important when we think about what the repercussions could be for this country. >> there's another reason that targeted strikes can be a wise choice. the strategic consequences that inevitably come with the use
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